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Meetup allows members to host events.
This event is hosted by Jodi.
Thanks to Vincent for sharing about this.
I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work.
This event is from a church group, Central Community.
They have provided meals on Sundays for 20+ years.
They're located in Riverside, but they bring food to downtown LA.
Wow...they are amazing.
They are friendly and welcoming of new volunteers. Even though this is hosted by a church, they are open to anyone who wants to help. Being Christian or religious is not required.
Most Sundays, they start around 3:30 or 4:00pm, but sometimes they might start later due to a holiday, special event, or other reason—so regardless of what is posted here, please contact them to confirm the start time. Their contact info is posted below.
btw, even if nobody else signs up from this group, other people (outside this group) should be there, so you won't be alone.
If going for the first time, park in the church parking lot off of Phoenix Ave, which is adjacent to Arlington Ave.
Across the street is Taco Bell.
The kitchen is next to the church building and tall trees.
There are multiple doors and some might be locked. If I remember correctly, there's one door with a sign that designates it as a bathroom. Walk past that and the next door is the entrance to the kitchen. If it's closed, just knock and hopefully someone is inside. The kitchen also has windows, so take a peak inside.
They usually meet every Sunday at 4pm, although holidays or other special events may result in a later start time, such as 5pm or so.
Some Sundays might differ, so please contact them to confirm the start time:
The host / coordinator is Jodi.
She looks like http://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/26031253/436030575
She is really nice and friendly. If anyone plans on going, feel free to message Jodi to confirm the start time:
If you don't hear back from her, email me ( Wiseman - http://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/members/69743242 ) and I'll check with Jodi.
Some just help with the meal (washing veggies, cutting veggies, cooking, etc.).
And some help with the distribution at downtown LA, which is optional.
If anyone has time to go, they leave Riverside around 7:30 or 8:00pm and arrive at downtown around 9:30 or 9:45pm. They finish giving out the food around 11:00pm and return to Riverside around midnight. Totally fine if not everyone can stay out late, so they understand if some can't join them for the food distribution in LA. Helping just in the kitchen in Riverside is appreciated.
The Sunday before Christmas, in addition to food, they also give out backpacks filled with goodies:
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